Annual Church Conference Celebrates Missional Purpose

On Sunday November 8, 2015, at 4 p.m. groups from five area United Methodist Churches will come together to celebrate mission purpose, achievement, and motivate each other for future plans.  The Annual Charge Conference in the United Methodist Church is the governing body of the local church that makes formal reports to the District Superintendent concerning its activities and goals.  

This year, for the first time, the Oklahoma Conference  and its regional districts will be bringing together clusters of churches in geographical proximity.  These clusters will serve as missional hubs to encourage fellowship, partnerships and inspiration.  Barnard Memorial UMC will serve as host for the congregations from the UM Churches in Bowlegs, Wetumka, Wewoka,  Calvin, and Holdenville.

Members of these church groups will be seated together, will vote on their church's reports simultaneously and enjoy some fellowship through refreshments before and singing during the meeting.

The United Methodist Women

The purpose of the United Methodist Women is to form a community of women who know God, to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, who fellowship, and who expand the concepts of mission through participation in mission locally, regionally and globally.  "Mission is a gift, not a task." God has given us this gift - to share in God's mission to the world by witnessing to God's acts in the past and in the present.

"Members are encouraged to reach out to others----welcoming all women- --to invite them to join United Methodist Women, a place to nurture faith, experience and community and to engage in mission. The membership of United Methodist Women is voluntary and open to all women who are committed and engaged in mission and who affirm the PURPOSE. You don't have to be a member of the United Methodist Church to be a member of United Methodist Women." --  From UMW on a Path for Mission

In 2015 the UMW participated in a wide variety of activities. These included a "Day at the Legislature", a Spiritual Growth Retreat, Mission U at OCU, Oklahoma City, various leadership development events, 'Toole Tyme" at Cookson Hills Center, and the Santa Operation, Neighborhood Services Organization. Additionally, various local activities contributed to reaching others with hope and friendship.

Barnard Memorial UMC's United Methodist Women hold annually a "UMW Spring Luncheon" in May to raise funds for various activities of mission.  They meet monthly, except for June and July, on the second Thursday of the month at the church or in members homes. Call the church office for information on the current meeting place and then come join women "in faith, hope, and love in action."

Oklahoma Conference UMC website
Facebook: Oklahoma Conference UMW


What Is A Lay Servant?

Lay Servants are to serve the local church or charge in any way in which their witness or leadership and service inspires the laity to deeper commitment to Christ and more effective discipleship. This includes the interpretation of scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of the church.
 In 2012 the General Conference of The United Methodist Church approved legislation to change the name of Lay Speaking Ministries to Lay Servant Ministries. . . . The term servant was chosen because it best describes what Jesus told his disciples in John 13 after he himself had performed the duties of the lowliest servant. 
We should be honored to serve as our Lord and Savior did. We are called to live out our discipleship as servants in leadership!
Lay Servants teach classes, visit the sick and homebound, speak to groups, lead and model servant behavior, and actively seek ways to encourage people to be a part of the mission of the church. 

The levels of lay service include the Local Lay Servant working only within the local congregation and community. The Certified Lay Servant, who works in the local congregation and community but may also speak in the local church or in other churches. Each phase has about 10-12 hours of workshop training based on an assigned book reading.  Additionally, with more training and approval by district committees, a person can become a Certified Lay Speaker. Here is the link to the Oklahoma Conference Lay Servant leaders and program.
One barrier in serving the local church by lay persons was the sensed need of training, people often did not feel they were competent to serve with skill and effectiveness.  The Lay Servant program offers the remedy for those who want to be more active, effective, and trained as they work to share the witness and ministry of the local church.
Lots of information and general resources explaining the ministry here.  If you are interested in serving in the local church as a committed lay person with training and intentionality, ask the pastor or one of the Lay Servants at Barnard Memorial UMC how to get started!

Dr. Hudson Joins Local Kiwanas & Adds to Fall Festival

Holdenville Times
Earlier this summer, Dr. Marvin J. Hudson, Barnard Memorial UMC, was welcomed as a new member of the Holdenville Kiwanis Club. Did you catch Dr. Hudson on Saturday during the Holdenville Fall Festival and Car Show extravaganza?  The music group, John the Franklin, donated their talents to the event for the evening music festival set up on the corner of Broadway and 7th in downtown Holdenville.  Dr. Hudson plays bass guitar with the music group in his down time. They specialize in popular tunes from the 60's and 70's.
John the Franklin

Lay Servant Training Opportunity, Nov. 20-21, 2015

This year Lake Country District will be purchasing the curriculum for the courses! To make this a October 26, 2015. This will allow us time to order the materials and get them distributed to the participants. Please RSVP to lakecountrydistrict@okumc.org or call 918-423-0080

Registration forms and fees are due by November 16, 2015. Please make sure you have the correct mailing address (Lake Country UMC District Office PO Box 986 McAlester, OK 74502-0986 ).   If you have any questions you may contact the district office or Toni Hignight, Lay Servant Director at 580-920-3941 or mmwoodwalker@sbcglobal.net
success we need your prompt response.   We are asking anyone planning to attend to RSVP to the district office by
About the Training Event:

Lake Country District Leadership and Lay Servant Training
Cross Point Camp - Kingston, OK

November 20 & 21, 2015

BASIC COURSE - This course is designed to help you become more skilled in your role as a leader in serving God in your church and community.  The sessions include: teaching, leading, guiding, reaching out to others, and ways to show and proclaim the love of God in Jesus Christ. The course provides ways to increase your service knowledge as a church servant and/or speaker in leading, caring and communicating.  Basic course is a requirement for Local Church Lay Servant certification. Must be re-certified once every three years.

ADVANCED COURSEThe Holy Spirit & Power contains ten Spirit-empowered, original sermons of John Wesley from John Wesley’s “Standard Sermons,” parts of John Wesley’s testimony, material from The Journal of the Rev. John Wesley, portions from Wesley’s letter to Dr. Conyers Middleton, Holy Spirit power points at the end of each message, a subject index, and a full index of complete Holy Spirit passages from the King James Version of the Bible.
  The Advanced course is a requirement for a Certified Lay Servant.  Must be re-certified once every three years. 
Basic Course:  “Basic Lay Servant Course”    Sandy Zeigler Jackson
Instructors:  Rev. Jeff Hiller and Sherri Hiller
Advanced Course:  “The Holy Spirit & Power”  John Wesley
                                    (revised and updated by Clare Weakley)
                             Instructors: Larry Bauman and Steve Harshaw                 

Lake Country District will be purchasing your curriculum:  Please RSVP to the District Office by October 26, 2015 so that materials can be ordered and sent to you in time for review before the training.

        Registration will start at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and fellowship at 6:00 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20th at Cross Point Dining Hall.  You will need to bring: Bible, purchased book, notebook, pens, flashlight, bedding, towel, wash cloth, soap, other toiletries as needed and other items the weather may require.   There will be breakfast and lunch on Saturday with snacks during breaks.  If you do not plan to spend the night at Cross Point, please indicate on the registration form. Special needs cabins are available. Men and Women have separate sleeping cabins.

         Complete the registration, include home church pastor’s signature and send to the district office with your check no later than Nov 16, 2015.  (The camp needs to plan meals by number attending)
 If you have any questions call Lake Country District Office  (918) 423 0080 lakecountrydistrict@okumc.org  or  Toni Hignight, Lay Servant Director at 580-920-3941 cell. Email is mmwoodwalker@sbcglobal.net

           We look forward to joining with you to learn, praise and worship the Lord.

Lake Country District Lay Servant and Leadership Weekend Schedule
Cross Point Camp – South of Kingston, OK

Friday, Nov 20, 2015
                                                5:30 - 6:00 pm     Registration and Cabin Assignment in Dining Hall
                                                6:00 – 6:20 pm …………………Opening Devotion - Community Building
                                                6:20 - 7:00 pm ............……..Dinner
                                      7:00 - 8:15 pm                 Session 1.
                                                      8:15 - 8:30 pm........... Break
                                                      8:30 - 9:45              Session 2.
Saturday, Nov 21, 2015
                                                      7:20 - 7:40 am.....................Morning Praise
                                                      7:40 -8:15  am  ………………….Breakfast
                                                      8:30 - 10:00 am        Session  3.
                                                      10:00 - 10:15 am ...... Break                                                                
                                                      10:15 - 11:30 am        Session 4.
                                                      11:30 - 12:15    ……………........Lunch
                                                      12:15 – 2:00 pm         Session 5.
                                                  2:00 – 3:00  pm             Session 6.
                                                      3:00 – 3:20  pm…………Break
                                                      3:20 - 4:20 pm          Session 7.
                                                      4:20 – 5:00 pm                Consecration & Communion

                                                Please send this portion to district office.

I have read and understand the requirements for certification and re-certification of Lay Servant as set forth in Paragraph 266-269 of The Book of Discipline, 2012 and hereby apply for training.
Name ______________________________Local Church _______________________
Address ___________________________  City/Zip        _______________________
Work Phone   _______________________   Cell Phone     _______________________
E-Mail _____________________________ Home Phone  _______________________
Recommended By Local Administrative Board or Charge Conference on this
 Date:_______________     Registrant’s Local Pastor Signature: ___________________________
                                                                                                             (required signature)
            Check Course Registration:
            ____ Basic Course 
            ____ Advanced Course        for District Certification (Have completed Basic Course)
              ____ Clergy CEU credit

Complete and return this form before Nov. 16, 2015  with $55 check to:

Lake Country UMC District Office
P.O. Box 986
McAlester, OK. 74502-0986

If you are a musician in your local church and are interested in helping with worship during the weekend, please let us know.  ________Instrumentalist/What Instrument(s);  _______ Vocalist;  ___Song Leader; Other considerations: ___Handicapped assistance; ___Special sugar free diet. __I plan to spend the night.        ___I do not plan to spend the night at Cross Point.


What 'Rethinking Church' Means

'Church can happen anywhere'...anywhere people respond to the Christ directive to "go", "tell", "do" the Gospel.  God does not expect everyone to preach but does expect everyone to share how God's love and grace have been found in their own life. Pray for the opportunity to share God's love and watch what happens.  Congregations grow not through the work of a preacher, staff, or a few leaders but as men and women open themselves up in their daily lives to be witnesses of Jesus Christ in word and deed.


Learn to Share a Picture Book with Young Children Through Workshop

Barnard Memorial will encourage reading and literacy with local parents, grandparents, child care providers, and those who volunteer with small children!   

An experienced children's librarian will share tips, model methods, and provide lots of encouragement and motivation to make reading time fun, meaningful, and beneficial to young children.  

Tuesday evening, October 20, 2015, 7-8:30 p.m. FREE.

Call the church to reserve your spot : 405-379-2439